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#1342728 - 04/10/2015 01:52 Annual Tropics Competition 2015/16 - Experimental
Things Offline
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Registered: 29/11/2009
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So most of you will remember this being a fun little forum game originally run by member "WWW". I decided it was time we brought it back!

But this time I am hoping to take a lot of the work off by automating as much of the process as possible. I know it's a bit late to be starting it now, but I figured why not give it a shot, and if nothing else, it'll be great for working out functionality/bugs so it's nicely refined for next season smile

Entries will close automatically on the 1st of November. If a question is answered before the closing date, it will be removed from the competition to keep it fair. I've tried to modify a couple that have already happened, so we should be OK. Keep a copy of your answers somewhere for your own reference (they are provided in a nice list form after you hit the submit button), as currently you can't see them again once you leave the page.

The site is very basic at the moment as it was whipped up as quickly as I could to allow people to get their answers in, I'll add more functionality as time goes on, including the leaderboard, and make it a bit prettier.

If you come across any bugs or errors while trying to submit your answers, please do let me know. It's extremely time consuming testing all the possibilities, so I haven't.

You can only vote once, and you can not edit your answers once they are submitted, so re-check before hitting the submit button! If your answers become invalid due to a bug or something, I can fix them manually smile

Simply click here to see the questions and submit your answers! Lets see how this goes, and all constructive feedback welcomed grin

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#1342729 - 04/10/2015 01:55 Re: Annual Tropics Competition 2015/16 - Experimental [Re: Things]
Things Offline
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I also wanted to ask, would you prefer if other users answers were visible to everyone else (as they were when posted on the forum), or do you prefer them being hidden?

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#1342756 - 04/10/2015 12:06 Re: Annual Tropics Competition 2015/16 - Experimental [Re: Things]
Firepac Offline
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Registered: 07/02/2007
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Must be doing something wrong!! I have tried 4 times but keep getting the error message (or some variant of it) "The 2 Day field may only contain a numeric value". But i have only entered numbers in that field!

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#1342760 - 04/10/2015 12:16 Re: Annual Tropics Competition 2015/16 - Experimental [Re: Things]
Brett Guy Offline
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Done

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#1342763 - 04/10/2015 12:24 Re: Annual Tropics Competition 2015/16 - Experimental [Re: Firepac]
Things Offline
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Originally Posted By: Firepac
Must be doing something wrong!! I have tried 4 times but keep getting the error message (or some variant of it) "The 2 Day field may only contain a numeric value". But i have only entered numbers in that field!


Odd .. is that the only one it's complaining about? Should accept a value of 1-31. If it's still complaining fling me a PM with your answers and I'll add you manually until I can find the culprit frown If it gives you an error, just click back in your browser and your answers should still be there.

My apologies, like I said, far too many options to check for bugs myself, but hopefully I can get them sorted quickly, bear with me smile

If anyone else has errors while submitting please feel free to just PM your answers (and let me know what the error was, please).


Edited by Things (04/10/2015 12:33)

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#1342767 - 04/10/2015 12:57 Re: Annual Tropics Competition 2015/16 - Experimental [Re: Things]
ColdFront Offline
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Originally Posted By: Things
I also wanted to ask, would you prefer if other users answers were visible to everyone else (as they were when posted on the forum), or do you prefer them being hidden?


It should all be made visible. Part of the fun is comparing what others have done.
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#1342771 - 04/10/2015 13:04 Re: Annual Tropics Competition 2015/16 - Experimental [Re: ColdFront]
Things Offline
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Originally Posted By: ColdFront
Originally Posted By: Things
I also wanted to ask, would you prefer if other users answers were visible to everyone else (as they were when posted on the forum), or do you prefer them being hidden?


It should all be made visible. Part of the fun is comparing what others have done.


Yeah, I have a similar feeling about it too. Means of course others can use your answers to kind of get an average, but in the end it's all still just guessing for a bit of fun. Will also mean you can review your own answers on the site too. I'll work on the functionality and see what becomes of it smile

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#1342773 - 04/10/2015 13:09 Re: Annual Tropics Competition 2015/16 - Experimental [Re: Things]
Ronfishes Offline
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Agreed on the visibility of answers. Sounds like you're doing a top job things will get onto it when I get time.
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#1342778 - 04/10/2015 13:37 Re: Annual Tropics Competition 2015/16 - Experimental [Re: Things]
ColdFront Offline
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Why not wait until November 1st and make them visible once it closes?
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#1342779 - 04/10/2015 13:39 Re: Annual Tropics Competition 2015/16 - Experimental [Re: Things]
Things Offline
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Definitely an option if people would prefer that smile

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#1342783 - 04/10/2015 14:37 Re: Annual Tropics Competition 2015/16 - Experimental [Re: Things]
Firepac Offline
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Worked that time. I used the up and down arrows instead of typing a number, don't know if that would make a difference.

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#1342785 - 04/10/2015 14:39 Re: Annual Tropics Competition 2015/16 - Experimental [Re: Things]
Things Offline
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Strange indeed. Possible maybe you're using a different character set and the validation didn't like it. Something I'll look into anyway smile

Answers are set to go public on the 1st of November and you'll be able to access them through the Entries page by clicking on usernames (and hopefully just by hovering over them, for newer browsers). smile

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#1342808 - 04/10/2015 20:39 Re: Annual Tropics Competition 2015/16 - Experimental [Re: Things]
Raindammit Offline
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WOW Fantastic effort Things!!
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#1342810 - 04/10/2015 20:58 Re: Annual Tropics Competition 2015/16 - Experimental [Re: Things]
dormant Offline
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Registered: 30/01/2011
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You mean, things, that all my dumb answers are going on view? Oh jeez.

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#1342821 - 04/10/2015 21:48 Re: Annual Tropics Competition 2015/16 - Experimental [Re: Things]
Things Offline
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Well on the upside, no one can steal your possibly winning answers either until it's too late grin

Cheers RD smile

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#1342825 - 04/10/2015 21:58 Re: Annual Tropics Competition 2015/16 - Experimental [Re: Things]
dormant Offline
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I must say, things, it's the very least I can do when you've put in so much work. So.. thank you.

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#1342826 - 04/10/2015 22:05 Re: Annual Tropics Competition 2015/16 - Experimental [Re: Things]
Things Offline
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Wish I'd started it earlier so it wasn't quite as rushed. Only came to mind yesterday morning and one of my servers died half way through, so I've surprised myself by getting it at least partially functional in that time smile

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#1342827 - 04/10/2015 22:31 Re: Annual Tropics Competition 2015/16 - Experimental [Re: Things]
Simmo FNQ Offline
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Awesome job things. I will be entering for sure. grin
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#1342829 - 04/10/2015 22:38 Re: Annual Tropics Competition 2015/16 - Experimental [Re: Things]
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Awesome work, thank you. Entered smile
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#1342830 - 04/10/2015 22:46 Re: Annual Tropics Competition 2015/16 - Experimental [Re: Things]
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Good stuff Things, I will enter in the next day or two!!
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